Score - Wichita State 15 - Oral Roberts 8
Records: WSU (10-19) - ORU (17-11)
Location: Eck Stadium - Wichita, Kan.
WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State snapped the Oral Roberts baseball team's six-game winning streak Tuesday night at Eck Stadium, defeating the Golden Eagles, 15-8.
Oral Roberts did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard as the Golden Eagles took advantage of a pair of early walks and a wild pitch. Senior Rolando Martinez punched a ball up the middle on a groundout but did score leadoff man Nick Rotola. Right fielder Noah Cummings added on to the lead with a single to center to score Matt Whatley from third.
The lead was short-lived as the Shockers used the high wind gust out to left field to their advantage scoring 15 runs in the first three innings en route to the victory, including four home runs.
The Shockers kicked off the bottom of the first with three consecutive singles to get a run home before capitalizing on an error in the outfield that allowed the tying run to score. WSU's Chase Rader came up with a wind-aided grand slam on what was his first home run of the season to push the Shocker lead to 6-2.
The Shockers continued their offensive outburst in the second, scoring three more runs. As a team WSU hit for the cycle, including their second home run of the game to extend their lead to 10-2.
WSU continued to pound ORU pitchers in the third as they went for a pair of home runs to extend the lead to 15-5.
The Golden Eagles kept fighting though; scoring three runs in the seventh after WSU reliever Chase Williams loaded the bases before Trevin Sonnier drove in a pair of runs on a single through the middle. Later in the inning, Rotola singled home the team's eighth run.
One bright spot for the Golden Eagles on the night was the season debut of sophomore reliever Kyler Stout. Following a season-ending injury a year ago, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native went one and a third innings and did not allow a hit, retiring the side in the fourth.
Redshirt freshman Korbin Polly also tossed two innings in the game for a new career high. He faced nine batters and allowed just one hit on the night.
- The loss snaps ORU's six-game winning streak.
- Wichita State now leads Oral Roberts in the all-time series, 34-29.
- Roark led the Golden Eagles offensively, finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.
- The four home runs allowed set a new season high.
- Connor Lungwitz earned the victory for the Shockers in his second start of the year, improving to 2-0.
- Cale Tims was charged with the loss after giving up five earned runs in one inning of work. The right-hander falls to 2-1 on the year.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Macomb, Ill. for a three-game set with Western Illinois starting Friday at 3 p.m.
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